CHURCH PROFILE: Church of God of Prophecy

By Christie McNeal/NEMS Daily Journal

Bishop Marvis Bostick Sr., 81, felt called to preach at age 16. After several careers, including a police officer and interrogator, he has been pastoring for 50 years.
“It scared me to death,” said Bostick. “This is where he led me. I spoke in tongues, … and I’ve been speaking in tongues ever since at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”
He said the Church of God of Prophecy practices what’s written in the Bible. Bostick said people will often try to doubt some of what he believes, but he said he just shows them where those facts are stated in the Bible.
“The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” he said. “If something is the truth, it won’t change. I love truth. Truth does not contradict, nor can you contradict it.”
Bostick said he invites anyone to come visit the church.
“Everyone is welcome,” he said. We aren’t a large church, but Jesus didn’t have a multitude following him.”
The Church of God of Prophecy has churches in 170 countries, and each church chooses a mission to support. Bostick’s church has chosen to send a freewill offering each month to churches in the nation of Fiji.
“We don’t operate in the corner,” he said.

Pastor Quote: ‘We just believe in the entirety of the word of God and practice it.’
Marvis Bostick Sr. Bishop

• Denomination: Church of God of Prophecy

• Pastor: Bishop Marvis Bostick Sr.

• Established: June 13, 1903

• No. of members: 19

• Worship style: “old-fashioned song, prayer, preaching and worshipping following the leading of the Holy Ghost”

• Worship days:

10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship; 5 p.m. evening worship
6 p.m. Bible study

• Address: 1198 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo

• Phone: (662) 620-1094

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